As displays on tablets get better, they will grow in appeal to artists. Most artists, however, will always struggle drawing with their fingers. For that reason, I’ve been on the lookout for the best stylus for tablets even though my artistic skills are nonexistent. My latest choice is the Jot Flip by Adonit. The Jot Flip is a capacitive touchscreen stylus at one end and an ink pen at the other. How does it stack up to the competition? Read BriefMobile’s full review to find out!
The Jot Flip is made out of steel and has a stainless steel finish which feels great in the hand. The Flip is not available in multiple colors like its brother the Jot Pro. The high quality finish gives the stylus a more balanced weight for both writing and drawing. While this makes it heavy, it also allows for easier use on both sides. For the most part, the stylus is very easy to hold for extended amounts of time, but I did experience some slight cramping when using the ball point pen end.
On one end of the device you will find your capacitive stylus. The stylus is actually a clear plastic disk with a small capacitive dot in the center. On the other end you will find the extra-fine ball point pen. To access the pen, you have to unscrew the cap, then twist the gripper at the stylus to the right to make the pen rise up. I do wish it was a tad easier to access the pen.
The main selling point of the Jot Flip is obviously the stylus. As stated before, the stylus is a clear plastic disk with a small capacitive dot in the center, not one of the puffy fabrics we see on cheaper styluses. The first thing you will notice about the Jot is how precise it is. I was easily able to navigate through both the iPad and Galaxy Tab’s software without a problem. Rarely, if ever, did it take multiple taps for the display to recognize the stylus. I was also able to draw in very fine detail with the Jot Flip. The “drawing” below was done in the app Paper entirely with the Jot Flip.
One thing to note is the clear plastic disk on the stylus comes off very easily. Twice I found myself crawling on the floor looking for it. That’s thirty minutes of my life I will not get back.
The gripper on the Jot Flip on the stylus really makes it easy to use. I could use it for hours on end without any pain. It felt just like using a high-quality pen or pencil.
The extra-fine ballpoint pen is what makes the Jot Flip unique. I personally have not used a stylus that doubles as a pen. To access the pen, you have to unscrew the cap, then twist the gripper at the stylus to the right to make the pen rise up. When you are using the pen, you can place the cap on the opposite end over the stylus.
The quality of the pen is excellent. I rarely had issues with the ink not coming out. It has a very fine tip, so writing small letters was not a problem at all. You may be wondering what happens when you run out of ink. Well, the ink cartridge is replaceable. Adonit sells the replacements for $8 a piece.
I did experience some hand pain when using the pen for an extended period of time. This is due to the lack of gripper at the pen end, as I had no pain while using the stylus.
Adonit has really done well with the Jot Flip stylus. I’ve used quite a few styluses with my iPad and this one is the best. I love the fact that it doubles as a pen, so you can replace your other pen with it and not be caring anything extra. The accuracy and precision of the stylus end is excellent. The Jot Flip by Adonit will cost you $39.99.